Female Coach In The NBA? Let's Not Hold Our Breath

Not to be Mr. Cynical Realist guy here, because it'd be awfully cool to have a female be a coach in the NBA. There's no inherent reason why this shouldn't happen. It's just that it won't, at least not anytime soon.

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That was the first thought upon reading about Nancy Lieberman, who was just named head coach of the Mavericks' D-League affiliate. Lieberman is the first female ever to hold a D-League head spot, and she is already answering questions about the NBA:

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"If I am successful, I'm sure that I will be looked at (by the NBA),'' Lieberman, while on her way to her press conference to be introduced, told FanHouse by phone. "If I'm not successful, I won't be.''

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I suppose if there's any major sports league in which this could happen, it's the NBA; there's far less blatant machismo than the NFL, far less old-guard sexism than Major League Baseball. But still, NBA players, for all their wondrous ability, aren't exactly the most enlightened batch. If Lieberman succeeds in the D-League, she deserves a shot. But is anyone confident she'll get one?

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